The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, has assured that the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls will be released soon from Boko Haram captivity.
Alhassan said this at the farewell dinner organised by the ministry in honour of the 106 released abducted school girls after eight months long rehabilitation period in Abuja.
She said: “The Federal Government has never relented in the negotiation and I want to assure you that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
“I appeal to their captors to come to the table and negotiate so as to see reasons to release those in captivity,’’ she said.
Alhassan said that the girls were fit and ready for school again, adding that the Federal Government was fulfilling its promise on the girls by ensuring they were enrolled back to schools with their bills paid and necessary items for school provided.
She said that when the girls were released President Muhammadu Buhari told the world that the girls had seen the worst and he promised that they would be given the best.
“The government is fulfilling that promise as we all know; the girls have been at the rehabilitation centre for a long time and as a new school year begin.
“They are going to be in one of the best schools; the American University of Nigeria (AUN) where they will start a special foundation programme like a pre-degree.”
She said that their fees had been paid by the government and with support from UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA and other supporters including Afriphone and Airtel who supported the girls in various capacities.
“Since their release, we have been giving them therapy to make them understand that challenges are a part of life and whatever happens to one in life is God’s will.”